Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Samson Occom, 1771 January 22

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[note (type: abstract): Wheelock expresses sorrow at Occom’s repeated and aggravated falls from virtue. He writes that if Occom and his brother-in-law David will go on a mission, Wheelock will give David as much as any schoolmaster sent by the Boston Commissioners.][note (type: handwriting): Writing is small, even and uniform, though letter case is frequently difficult to decipher.][note (type: paper): Small page is in fair-to-poor condition, with moderate-to-heavy creasing, staining and wear, which results in some loss of text.][note (type: ink): Black-brown.][note (type: noteworthy): Contents are identical to those of 771122.1, which is a copy of this document.]
[Opener]
My dear [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp]. 
Perhaps you little think what pain [& | and]&and Sorrow of  Heart I have had on hearing of your repeated [& | and]&and aggravated  fall, but I am comforted a little with the Hope that God has  given You Repentance, but I conclude, [unleſs | unless]unleſsunless the [manifeſtation | manifestation]manifeſtationmanifestation  of your Repentance has been very public, clear, Strong [& | and]&and evident  to [every body | everybody]every bodyeverybody, your [usefulneſs | usefulness]usefulneſsusefulness is near at an End where you are.  and it may be one [deſign | design]deſigndesign of God in leaving you thus to fall has  been to reprove your Staying at home, and in a Sort [compell | compel]compellcompel  you to go abroad among remote Tribes, or else quit your  [Miniſtry | ministry]Miniſtryministry, which I conclude you will never be [eaſie | easy]eaſieeasy in doing  while the Nations are lying in [wickedneſs | wickedness]wickedneſswickedness and [periſhing | perishing]periſhingperishing for  lack of [viſion | vision]viſionvision. You may remember I early [mentiond | mentioned]mentiondmentioned to  you, your going among the Onondagas[org0078.ocp], or some other Nation  there in that quarter, and Said Something about your taking  your Brother David[pers0155.ocp] [& | and]&and Settling your Families in that Country,  and I felt Some concern that you [declind | declined]declinddeclined it as I thought  and have always [feard | feared]feardfeared [yt | that]ytthat you was not [ſo | so]ſoso usefully [imployed | employed]imployedemployed  as you might be among remote tribes. [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Woodward[pers0610.ocp] informs  me of your having [underſtood | understood]underſtoodunderstood me [otherwiſe | otherwise]otherwiſeotherwise, which [muſt | must]muſtmust certain  -ly have been through Some [miſtake | mistake]miſtakemistake. — I also always [beleived | believed]beleivedbelieved  your Brother David[pers0155.ocp] did wrong in leaving that [Cauſe | cause]Cauſecause in the  [wilderneſs | wilderness]wilderneſswilderness where he was So acceptable, [& | and]&and had So wide a Door  opened to him for [usefulneſs | usefulness]usefulneſsusefulness.   I now propose to You [& | and]&and him that if you will remove and  Settle in any of the Tribes where you may find the [beſt | best]beſtbest  [Proſpect | prospect]Proſpectprospect of [usefulneſs | usefulness]usefulneſsusefulness, I will allow him as much as any  of the [Schoolmaſters | schoolmasters]Schoolmaſtersschoolmasters have who are [imployed | employed]imployedemployed among any of  the Tribes on the Sea Shore, by the [Boſton | Boston]BoſtonBoston [Commiſsioners | commissioners]Commiſsionerscommissioners[org0095.ocp];  and will do for you what Shall be [reaſonable | reasonable]reaſonablereasonable, and will  provide a good Interpreter to go with you in the Spring.   
[pleaſe | please]pleaſeplease to let me See you or hear from you as Soon as  [poſsible | possible]poſsiblepossible.   It is an [aſtoniſhing | astonishing]aſtoniſhingastonishing [gap: tear] of God's Grace [& | and]&and the outpouring  of his Spirit upon this Seminary[org0037.ocp], here you may See the begin-  -ing and budding of the [gap: tear][guess (h-dawnd): New]New [Jeruſalem | Jerusalem]JeruſalemJerusalem. the [firſt | first]firſtfirst appearance  of it was upon our getting into a Settled and quiet State  about a month ago. the affairs of this Seminary[org0037.ocp] never [lookd | looked]lookdlooked  with so joyful and [incouraging | encouraging]incouragingencouraging an [aſpect | aspect]aſpectaspect, before, as they now do  I hope in a little Time you will have opportunity to See [ſcores | scores]ſcoresscores  of your [Tawney | tawny]Tawneytawny Brethren, [nouriſhed | nourished]nouriſhednourished by the [Breaſts | breasts]Breaſtsbreasts of this  Alma Mater. —   I cant tell [yo | you]yoyou What lo[gap: tear][guess (h-dawnd): a]ads of Sorrow I have been bowed  down under, on [acco.t | account]acco.taccount of the falls [& | and]&and [miſcarriages | miscarriages]miſcarriagesmiscarriages of So many  on whom I had dependance under God as [Inſtruments | instruments]Inſtrumentsinstruments to  help forward the great [Deſign | design]Deſigndesign before me. God has been  my Helper or I Should have Sunk inddeed under the weight  — My dear friend, I have had, [& | and]&and born loads on your [accot | account]accotaccount  I long to know whether God has truly [opend | opened]opendopened your Eyes to  See the wound you have given the [Bleſsed | blessed]Bleſsedblessed Redeemer? and  whether you have [& | and]&and do look upon him whom you have  [peirced | pierced]peircedpierced, [& | and]&and [morn | mourn]mornmourn for what you have done as for an only  Son? and what Revenge you are [exerciſing | exercising]exerciſingexercising upon [& | and]&and towards your  Self in a way of Self denial and [croſs | cross]croſscross bearing? my dear Friend  dont now add to the offence by Setting down [diſcouraged | discouraged]diſcourageddiscouraged and  Say there is no hope of your Future [usefulneſs | usefulness]usefulneſsusefulness. no my Friend  [reſolve | resolve]reſolveresolve on Revenge on your [Luſts | lusts]Luſtslusts, [& | and]&and [eſpecially | especially]eſpeciallyespecially your Pride, and  upon the father [& | and]&and Author of them. My Heart [akes | aches]akesaches for you  enough to [beſmear | besmear]beſmearbesmear this Paper with my Hearts Blood if that were  a proper way to [expreſs | express]expreſsexpress my Sorrow, and a way that would  do you any good — but I conclude with Love to you and  your wife[pers0029.ocp]. and am, for [Chriſts | Christs]ChriſtsChrists Sake   
[Closer]
Your much wounded, [& | and]&and Afflicted   Friend [& | and]&and Servant  Eleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] 
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pers0030.ocp M. r Mr. Occom recipient Occom, Samson
pers0155.ocp David mentioned Fowler, David
pers0610.ocp M. r Mr. Woodward mentioned Woodward, Bezaleel
pers0029.ocp wife mentioned Occom, Mary (née Fowler)
pers0036.ocp Eleazar Wheelock writer Wheelock, Eleazar

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place0095.ocp Hanover Hanover

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org0078.ocp Onondagas Onondaga Nation
org0095.ocp BoſtonBoston Commiſsionerscommissioners The Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the parts adjacent in America
org0037.ocp this Seminary Dartmouth College
org0037.ocp this Seminary Dartmouth College

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